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Incentives for Subjects in Internet Experiments

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  • Burkhard C. Schipper
  • Jörg Oechssler

    (Department of Economics, University of California Davis)

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Internet experiments are a new and convenient way for reaching a large subject pool. Yet, providing incentives to subjects can be a tricky design issue. One cost effective and simple method is the publication of a high score (as in computer games). We test whether a high score provides adequate and non-distortionary incentives by comparing it to the usual performance based incentives. We find significant differences and conclude that high scores are not always appropriate as an incentive device. Performance based financial incentives seem to be required also in internet experiments.

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Paper provided by University of California, Davis, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 81.

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Date of creation: 21 Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:cda:wpaper:08-1

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Keywords: incentives; internet; experiments; high score; incentives; internet; experiments; high score;

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  1. Emmanuel PETIT (GREThA, CNRS, UMR 5113) & Anna TCHERKASSOF (Laboratoire Interuniversitaire de Psychologie. Personnalité, Cognition et Changement Social (LIP/PC2S), Université Pierre Mendès France) , 2012. "Sincere Giving and Shame in a Dictator Game," Cahiers du GREThA 2012-25, Groupe de Recherche en Economie Théorique et Appliquée.
  2. Vinogradov, Dmitri & Shadrina, Elena, 2013. "Non-monetary incentives in online experiments," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 119(3), pages 306-310.
  3. Holst, Gesa Sophie & Mußhoff, Oliver & Dörschner, Till, 2013. "Abschätzung der Politikfolgen eines Belohnungs- und Bestrafungsszenarios zur Förderung des Blühstreifenanbaus – ein Framed Field Experiment," 53rd Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany, September 25-27, 2013 156114, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).

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